NORTH SIOUX CITY, South Dakota (KTIV) – A former North Sioux City, South Dakota, Police Officer faces criminal charges after authorities say he admitted to shooting a resident’s cat.
Derek McIntosh is charged with one count of killing or injuring an animal according to a criminal complaint filed in Union County, South Dakota Court.
According to the complaint, McIntosh is accused of intentionally killing a cat belonging to John Clarey and Morgan Bernard.
According to an affidavit, filed on Wednesday, North Sioux City Police Chief Richard Headid filed a report on May 8 after McIntosh was investigating a stolen animal trap.
The affidavit says McIntosh claims Clarey questioned him about the location of a cat belonging to Clarey and Bernard.
McIntosh told Headid that he told Clarey authorities sometimes move stray cats to the North Sioux City cemetery.
A day later North Sioux City Police Capt. Dustin Sharkey filed a report after receiving information about the cat from Officer Stephanie Ryan.
According to the affidavit, Sharkey told Ryan he was heading to #2 Alcoma Drive to pick up a cat that was in a trap.
Ryan told Sharkey he “just saved a cat’s life.”
When Sharkey asked Ryan to elaborate, she told Sharkey she heard from Officer Andrew Ryan that McIntosh was taking cats in traps out to the cemetery, and shooting them.
The affidavit says, during a conversation with Sharkey, Officer Andrew Ryan said he spoke with McIntosh about shooting cats.
McIntosh allegedly told Officer Andrew Ryan that he had told Clarey he released the cat into the cemetery.
According to the affidavit, Officer Andrew Ryan said to McIntosh “At least you didn’t shoot it.”
McIntosh then allegedly told Officer Andrew Ryan that he did.
The affidavit says it was Officer Andrew Ryan’s impression this was not the first cat that McIntosh had killed.
McIntosh allegedly indicated he intended to return to the cemetery to remove the body.
Authorities found the bodies of two dead cats in the cemetery and a pair of purple medical gloves that appeared to be the same type used by North Sioux City Police.
On Tuesday, North Sioux City City Administrator Ted Cherry confirmed to KTIV that McIntosh was no longer an officer with the North Sioux City Police Department.